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About FME    |   July 2, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

ArcGIS Data Interoperability: 6 ways to use this Esri extension

There’s a reason Esri has the dominant share of the GIS industry. ArcGIS is to geo geeks what Photoshop is to a hipster with a Nikon. But here’s the thing: hundreds—thousands—of data formats exist, each tailored to represent data in a specialized way, and ArcGIS natively supports only a handful. Without a way to get […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
FME
About FME    |   June 18, 2015   |   By Mark Ireland

Code Smell and FME Golf

I was recently asked about what guidelines there are for authoring workspaces in FME.

I can tell you what makes a workspace good, but it’s perhaps a little harder to say what makes a workspace bad. If a workspace runs to completion, and produces the output you want, it can’t be bad… can it?

Let me introduce you to the concept of Code Smell!

Author:
Mark Ireland
FME
About FME    |   June 15, 2015   |   By Mark Ireland

3D Made Easy: Don’t Fear the JSON

Although I’m amused at Minecraft’s block-like appearance, it does undoubtedly show there is an incredible appetite for 3D environments.

Right now it’s hard to fully satisfy that appetite because we’re all into web 2.0 and mobile devices, and 3D has a way to go in terms of data formats that can be streamed and tools that can visualize that streamed data.

But maybe that isn’t so far off as you might think!

Author:
Mark Ireland
FME
About FME    |   June 11, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with FME Co-founders: Recap

Yesterday we tried something new. We put Safe Software co-founders Don and Dale in a webcast room and bombarded them with questions for an hour. In our first-ever “Ask Me Anything”, we covered everything from LiDAR to the Stanley Cup. Don and Dale discussed what the future holds for spatial data and FME technology, offered […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
FME
About FME    |   May 27, 2015   |   By Mark Ireland

Creating a Virtual Sundial with FME

If you follow me on Twitter you might already guess what my project is about: sundials!

What triggered this project is that FME 2015 got a new transformer called the SurfaceFootprintReplacer. As the name suggests, the primary use is to create a footprint from a 3D feature such as a building. But a footprint is really just an overhead shadow, and the transformer also has options for adding the direction of the light source, so that we can cast an oblique shadow…

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Mark Ireland
FME
About FME    |   May 21, 2015   |   By Stewart Harper

How to Upload Big Data to the Cloud

FME Cloud has been live for over 18 months now, and one of the biggest hurdles customers face is moving their datasets into the cloud—particularly if they are large. Below are the three main data upload challenges we see. Most scenarios we’ve seen involve loading data up to Amazon Web Services (AWS), since FME Cloud runs on AWS, […]

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Stewart Harper
FME
About FME    |   May 8, 2015   |   By Tiana Warner

What’s Great in FME Server 2015.1

Spring has sprung, and so has FME 2015.1. Here’s a list of everything new and noteworthy in this latest version of FME Server. You can download it here, and check out the list of FME Desktop changes here. Subscribers New SFTP Subscriber. (That makes 12 subscriber protocols… and we’re just getting started.) FTP Subscriber – […]

Author:
Tiana Warner